Proverbs 18

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
Lit breaks out
b  quarrels against all sound wisdom.
2A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only c  in revealing his own
Lit heart
3When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
4The words of a man’s mouth are e  deep waters;
Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5To g  show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to h  thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
6A fool’s lips
Lit come with
bring strife,
And his mouth calls for j  blows.
7A k  fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the
Lit chambers of the belly
innermost parts of the body.
9He also who is m  slack in his work
n  Is brother to him who destroys.
10The o  name of the  Lord is a p  strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and q  is
Lit set on high
11A s  rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 t  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But u  humility goes before honor.
13He who v  gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14The w  spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a x  broken spirit who can bear it?
Lit heart
z  mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the aa  ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A man’s ab  gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17The first
Lit in his plea
to plead his case seems right,
Lit his neighbor
another comes and examines him.
18The cast ae  lot puts an end to strife
Lit makes a division
decides between the mighty ones.
19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20With the
I.e. speech
ah  fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
ai  He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 aj  Death and life are in the
Lit hand
power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its al  fruit.
22He who finds a am  wife finds a good thing
And an  obtains favor from the  Lord.
23The ao  poor man utters supplications,
But the ap  rich man aq  answers roughly.
24A man of too many friends comes to
Lit be broken in pieces
But there is as  a
Or lover
friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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